DIPLO LEADS A GROUP OF INVESTORS IN PURCHASE OF ARIZONA UNITED SOCCER CLUB
Diplo and TMWRK Management are leading a consortium of investors in taking an equity position in Arizona United (AUSC), Arizona’s only professional soccer team.
Established in 2014, the club is entering its third year in the United Soccer League (USL). The USL is entering the 2016 season with 29 teams spread out across the United States and Canada and is the fastest-growing professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation. The USL and Major League Soccer (MLS) are heavily integrated, with many MLS clubs fielding their own teams in the USL (e.g. the LA Galaxy II, Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2).
“Diplo, throughout his music career as a DJ, Producer and Artist, has always been about global culture, youth culture and inclusiveness, and we couldn’t think of a better match to not only fit our core demographic, but to wrap our team around,” said Arizona United SC Co-Chairmen Kyle Eng and Brett Johnson. “The number of ways we can work together to grow the Arizona United SC brand is unlimited with a partner like Diplo.”
Arizona United most recently announced the appointment of renowned soccer manager Frank Yallop to the position of Head Coach and President of Soccer Operations under a three-year deal. Frank has 13 years of head coaching experience in MLS, including winning two MLS titles, two MLS Coach of the Year awards and one Supporters Shield.
Diplo hopes to bring the same championship spirit to Arizona United that he imbued in his staff’s 7-a-side team, the Red Pandas, which took home the 2015 Griffith Park Adult Municipal Soccer League Champions Trophy (his record label, Mad Decent, won the 2014 Nike FC Tournament in Los Angeles).
For more information, please contact Carla Sacks or Reid Kutrow at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.